5/27/2015

Interchange and Contrast in Isaiah 1-6


1:1-31
2:1-5
2:6-4:1
4:2-6
5:1-30
6:1-13
Negative
Positive
Negative
Positive
Negative
Positive
Judgment
Hope
Judgment
Hope
Judgment
Hope


The interchange and contrast from Isaiah 1 to 2 is repeated as it is throughout Isaiah 1-5. The current Israel is totally corrupted (Isa 1:1-31). The future Israel (the Israel that will be) will be glorious (Isa 2:2-4). The abruptness of the shift in mood from ch. 1 to ch. 2 is very striking. In Isaiah 1 repentance was viewed as a hypothetical possibility (Isa 1:16-20) and restoration as an end product of destruction (Isa 1:27-31). The main focus of attention ch. 1 is on Israel's rebellion, hypocrisy and injustice. Suddenly in 2:2-4, with no transition at all, the focus is on Israel's glorious future destiny as a light of blessing to the whole world.

From Isaiah Session 2 by John Oswalt - Isaiah 2-3 (1 hr 4 min).